At their state convention the Democratic Party of Colorado included marijuana legalization as part of their new party platform. The platform supports Amendment 64, an initiative already on the ballot that would legalize, tax and regulate marijuana for the use by adults over the age of 21. The support of one of the state’s two major political parties should be an important boost to the campaign as it works to build support among voters before November.
17. Regulate and tax marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol, limiting its use to those 21 and older. We support Amendment 64, the Initiative to regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol.
While the party at its state convention approved a new platform that supports Amendment 64, the party spokesman wants to point out that it has not formally “endorsed” the amendment. Technically, only the party’s central committee can offer formal endorsements of amendments or candidates on behalf of the state party.
The Democratic Party of Colorado is simply reflecting the views and wishes of its base with this move. A PPP poll from December found that 64% of Democrats in Colorado think the use of marijuana should be legal, while only 26% of Democrats think it should be illegal. Nationally, a Gallup poll from last year found that 57% of Democrats nationwide believe the use of marijuana should be legal.
Having the support of a major party for an active campaign to legalize marijuana is more proof that the issue has gone mainstream. As more politicians and local political parties come out in support of the idea, it becomes easier and easier for other elected officials and groups to follow suit.